Who made this stupid logo?

Posted on Monday 08 August 2011 at 11:24 pm in category: Whatever, USA
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Randy Riedland

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We all know the goverment can be stupid sometimes. This actually goes for any government, not just the US government, but here is an example of the stupidity of the government of the USA, the land of innovation and hi-tech stuff:

Department of Innovation Logo

You are looking at the logo of the new Department of Innovation Blog of the Smithsonian Institute, an institute that runs with government money. Everybody knows the Smithsonian. In their own words:

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

From an institue like that, you might expect some technical expertise, right? Well, I am sorry to break it to you, but they are stupid too. Look at that logo again.

Not only can 3 interlocking gears like that never move anywhere, the pitch (distance between the teeth on the gears) is not the same for all three either. This means that even if the two smaller ones were not interlocked, the whole construction would come to a screeching halt after half a turn.

Now, I admit that somebody that makes logos for a living might not know that, but you would think that a whole committee of well-payed people over there at the prestigious Smithsonian Institute have looked at it and approved it. Good luck competing with China!

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Blue Hen Falls

Posted on Sunday 07 August 2011 at 11:23 pm in category: Whatever, USA
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Blue Hen Falls

A short downhill walk through the woods off of Boston Mills Road, in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National park in North East Ohio, is a gorgeous waterfall called Blue Hen Falls. Although not quite as spectacular as the nearby Brandywine Falls, that I wrote something about two years ago, it is definitely a place worth visiting.

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A sign in my yard & a tip to save money

Posted on Tuesday 12 April 2011 at 09:09 am in category: USA
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Today, I have taken my 'being an american' to a whole new level. I now have a sign in my yard. The United States is the only country I know where people express their political views by putting a sign in their yard. Especially when elections are coming closer, almost every house will have a sign (or more than one) to tell you who or what to vote for. In The Netherlands only die-hard partisans would do this. The rest of the population would probably rather have a red hot soldering iron shoved up their nose than tell anybody what their political preferences are.

American politics differ from Dutch politics in a lot of ways. For example, most of the time when voting here in the US, you have two choices for every issue: who is going to be president (choose between these two idiots please), if you are in favor of a tax raise to keep the school going (yes or no), if you agree on having bars serve alcohol on Sundays (yes or no) and a ton of other things.

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A sign in my yard & a tip to save money


Thanksgiving

Posted on Wednesday 24 November 2010 at 11:12 am in category: USA
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Kalkoen

De tijd vliegt, en dus is het morgen alweer Thanksgiving, een feestdag die gekenmerkt wordt door het eten van een kalkoen in besloten kring, en 'Black Friday' de volgende dag, waarop mensen om drie uur 's ochtends gaan winkelen om hoge kortingen te krijgen, zodat de grote winkelketens aan het eind van het jaar een positief financiëel rapport kunnen publiceren.

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Thanksgiving


The baby that remained nameless for 48 hours

Posted on Monday 08 February 2010 at 10:26 am in category: USA
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No-name-baby

on Friday the 5th of February 2010, our newest addition was born. Although I was pretty much convinced it would be a girl, it turned out it was another little boy. We didn't expect him until the 10th, and because we come from a long line of procrastinators, we didn't have a name yet.

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The baby that remained nameless for 48 hours


Grocery shopping...

Posted on Monday 01 February 2010 at 12:46 pm in category: USA
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Shopping cart (empty)

... is usually my job on the weekends. I like grocery shopping. And I'm good at it, as long as I get an itemized list from home. The list has to be detailed for me to be good at grocery shopping though. A simple item like peanuts does not suffice. It has to be "Planters Cocktail Peanuts, jar, 1lbs.". Luckily, the person that writes the list knows that (she learned that the hard way), so most of the time I come home with the intended items.

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How Toyota is saving the American auto industry

Posted on Friday 29 January 2010 at 08:50 am in category: USA
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Toyota Logo

On January 21st, Toyota announced a massive recall of vehicles in the US, Europe and China, because of a sticky accelerator pedal. Although there is a very small amount of cars in which this might actually happen, Toyota has taken its responsibility, and offers to fix 2.3 million cars in the USA alone.

The American public has seen Toyota outselling the big American automakers in the last couple of years, and the media couldn't wait to jump on this news. In the past week, I have not been able to turn on the radio in my (American) car, and hear some kind of report on the dangerous faulty gas pedal in Toyotas. Toyota's stock has taken a little bit of a plunge, although probably not as big as a lot of people would have hoped. Finally, the press has found something bad to report on a Japanese auto maker.

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